The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:30 am

Excellent article...

The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes
by James and Annette Baxter
Harper´s magazine, January 1958
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Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:57 am

The fool wrote:Excellent article...

The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes
by James and Annette Baxter
Harper´s magazine, January 1958

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Wow, that is a fascinating and engrossing upload. Even the cover art is compelling!

James and Annette Baxter regard Elvis with intelligence, and without condescension, a rarity in this era. Among many interesting observations, they recall Elvis' wry "point to the balcony" just before he performs "Hound Dog" on his October 28, 1956 appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," one of the moments I love best from that wonderful Sunday night so long ago. His gesture, and the fan response, speaks volumes.

And they touch on something few would notice until years later, Elvis' sardonic nature: "... he has managed, in a whole series of songs, to call forth irony. Elvis is laughing at us, and at himself without knowing it, and while remaining altogether serious."

Annette Baxter was a ground-breaker in the field of women's studies, and one may see more here:

Annette Kar Baxter Papers, 1905-1984
http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss184.html

I see if I can find more on her husband as well. Thanks again.
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Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:20 pm

One of the best pieces ever written about him. I photocopied it in college.

Certainly the best early writing.

Thanks for the wonderful scan!

rjm

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Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:02 pm

This is a remarkable find.

Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:34 am

You are welcome, drjohncarpenter, rjm and poormadpeter. (And Bob-Holland, hilton22000, and jurasic1968 , too.) I´m glad you all liked this as much as I did.

Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:55 am

Stunning writing, great insight. Thank you for posting.

I would be interested to know if the Nixon article carries the same level of intelligence and prescience.

Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:41 am

George Smith wrote:Stunning writing, great insight. Thank you for posting.

I would be interested to know if the Nixon article carries the same level of intelligence and prescience.


In my view the answer is no. It's more of an erudite "puff-piece" which attempts, over six very fanciful pages, to explain the enigma of Nixon and his political career to date, and whether he'd make a capable president. The writer does note Nixon's humourless, solitary nature, and the almost unknown manner in how he operates politically. The article is below, share your thoughts.


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Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:48 am

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Nixon's the one!

In your heart, you know he's right.
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Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:03 pm

One intriguing part of the piece involves civil rights, and the failed attempt at a bill in the 50s.

A "hard" bill, according to the author, would be "irrational" because it would cause a "national convulsion."

Well, even before Kennedy proposed a real, serious, "hard" bill in 1963, that "convulsion" was about to convulse. No matter how many "rational men" might try to put it off.

You can also see a changing Democratic party, which is interesting.

Thank you, Doc.

rjm

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Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:14 pm

Thank you for the post, John, much appreciated.

I agree that the piece lacks some depth, but it does hit a few bulls-eyes -- the summing up of his character is, as you note, spot on and the nod towards foreign policy is of interest.

Perhaps I'm too romantic about politics (or about what politics could and should be) but I find the stated intention to distance the kind of man Nixon is from the kind of President he might be (page one) to be pointless. The presidency often reveals the nature of the man.

Re: The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes (1958 article)

Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:06 am

George Smith wrote:Thank you for the post, John, much appreciated.

I agree that the piece lacks some depth, but it does hit a few bulls-eyes -- the summing up of his character is, as you note, spot on and the nod towards foreign policy is of interest.

Perhaps I'm too romantic about politics (or about what politics could and should be) but I find the stated intention to distance the kind of man Nixon is from the kind of President he might be (page one) to be pointless. The presidency often reveals the nature of the man.


It most certainly did in Nixon's case!